Amazing how we grow and evolve. We follow our passions and goals; they evolve and come in and out of focus. For example, I started this blog because I loved food and cooking… it further propelled my passion for food. And for gardening, food preservation and urban farming. This continued focus on growing, cooking and eating food ultimately grew my passion for clean, non-GMO, sustainable food. Which. I found difficult to find – and often overpriced.
So I started a company called Barn2Door (March 2015). Because I wanted to easily find and buy sustainable food direct from farmers. Check out our team:
We are literally building a technology platform that is like an Etsy for farms – a discoverable marketplace that provides a storefront for every sustainable (organic-quality) farm. So you and I can easily search by food, farmer, location or fulfillment method (on farm pickup? home delivery? custom pickup at a local coffee shop? shipping?).
It may be roll-your-eyes cliche, but I am a believer in following your interests and passions – even when you don’t know where they will lead or how it will evolve. Get good at what you love, learn deeply.
And if you also happen to have a penchant for sustainable agriculture, clean food and the coolest of farmers – please come check us out.
I ignore the dead fly floating in a sea of candle wax while it burns.
I wake up and have to pee, then close my eyes and will another to run to the nearby creek in below freezing temperatures for a bucket of water – a requisite to filling the back of the toilet for each ‘flush.’
I curse my packing skills, having left behind deodorant and now counting 4 days sans shower. Add in 3 teen boys and sweaty games of hockey and you can imagine…
On day 2 of 6 we are without water, no electricity and together
We are gamblers. Risk-takers. We balance shoulder shrugs against sleepless nights. And year after year we ask ourselves: will they turn red? Anyone who plants tomatoes in the Pacific Northwest is rolling the dice. We hold our breath until the last late frost is gone – June if we are lucky – it was July just two years past. May planted tomatoes will never see their day.
If we remember ‘garden’ sometime in March or April – we will remember to get our tomato seeds into little cups of dirt in the best lit, warmest place in our homes. We
Where I live in the Pacific Northwest, blueberries… [more]
are still draped across bushes, and big flats of blues adorn countless kitchen counters (in season through middle/end of September). In fact, I pinged a pile of food-blogging friends for blueberry recipes to keep the inspiration strong through the tail end of blueberry season (recipes follow).
Today at an unnamed grocery store I saw organic, local blueberries for $7 a pound. I confess: I cringed a bit, knowing these super-food, uber-healthy, applause-worthy berries were so costly to consumers. I cringed a tad more knowing that the blueberry farmer was lucky if s/he